Film Review: 21 Jump Street

There are very few films that make me laugh out loud, so when it comes to comedy movies I’d say I’m pretty hard to impress. I’ve only watched a handful of truly funny flicks in my lifetime and, in my opinion, a good comedy is one I would watch again and again, such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, Elf and 500 Days of Summer. So, would I add 21 Jump Street to that list? Yes.

It’s a surprisingly funny film for two reasons. One, I never thought Channing Tatum could have such comic timing. Two, it’s a format that been done time and time again – but this time it really worked.

So, without giving too much away, the story is simply about how two guys who hated each other in school become friends after graduation and are forced to go back to High School undercover. Fresh out of the Police Academy, the pressure is on for these two best friends to nab their first arrest, but they really don’t make it easy for themselves or their friendship.

Like most comedies, you know what’s coming but that doesn’t make the journey any less enjoyable. The situations they find themselves in are undoubtedly over the top yet compelling, and the two leading men have great on-screen chemistry that’s kind of reminiscent of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon – except this film focuses more on the comedy than the action.

There was also a surprise cameo in there that I did not see coming, so if you haven’t already heard about it then you’ll probably be impressed that it features such a big Hollywood star.

So, if you are looking for a feel good movie to watch this weekend, then make it 21 Jump Street. It’s funny, it’s action packed and it’s got a good brother-from-another-Mother story.

Words: Lis King

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